What a difference a year makes. At this time last year, completion and refurbishment centers remained busy, despite ominous signs. The new aircraft backlog was valued at a record $58 billion and airplanes were being sold well into 2012, some as far out as 2015.
The firm order placed by Deutsche Lufthansa late this past winter for 30 Bombardier CS100 airliners not only gave the much-maligned C Series its first confirmed customer, it granted the executives at Bombardier Commercial Airplanes (Chalets A365, A366) some measure of vindication after eight months of persistent questions about whether the program would ever yield a prototype.
Atlanta-based Atlantic Southeast Airlines last night voluntarily grounded 60 of its Bombardier CRJ200s after an internal audit showed that maintenance crews might not have inspected their GE CF34 turbofans according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. ASA operates 110 of the fifty-seat regional jets, as well as 38 seventy-seat CRJ700s and a pair of 76-seat CRJ900s.
Atlantic Southeast Airlines made history on February 27 when it flew the
first commercial flight in the U.S. with an all-female, all-African American flight
Bombardier finally received its long-awaited first order from Deutsche Lufthansa for its C Series airliners, the Canadian manufacturer announced last month. The contract includes a “firm purchase agreement” for 30 of the smaller, CS100 (formerly C110) version of the 110- to 145-seat pair of jets, valued at $1.53 billion.
Bombardier finally received its long-awaited launch order from Deutsche Lufthansa for its C Series airliners, the Canadian manufacturer announced today. The contract involves a $1.53 billion “firm purchase agreement” for 30 of the smaller, CS100 (formerly C110) version of the 110- to 145-seat pair of jets.
Embraer delivered the first of 30 E-Jets ordered by Lufthansa–a 116-seat E195–
The Gulf region continues to adopt corporate versions of the BAe 146/Avro RJ regional jetliner, generically dubbed the Avro Business Jet (ABJ). Next month, the UAE’s Abu Dhabi will take into its Amiri Flight a late-model RJ100 that will join a smaller RJ70. Other ABJs serve with the neighboring Dubai Air Wing, which operates two RJ85s. Bahrain flies a brace of RJ85s and a lone RJ100 that are assigned to its Defence Force.
at a time when everyone seems to be looking for a bargain, regional jets reconfigured for an executive role–available at considerably less than half the price of
a comparable new airplane–are being widely promoted as just what customers are looking for.
BAE Systems Regional Aircraft has completed the first Avro RJ70 executive aircraft with the Design Q interior. The conversion from a regional airline configuration was done by Inflite Engineering at London Stansted Airport. The airplane has been delivered to Bulgarian national carrier Bulgaria Air, which will operate it on behalf of TIM group, the airline’s Varna-based parent.